Austromyrtus tenuifolia

Narrow leafed myrtle, Narrow-leafed Midgenberry

Family: Myrtaceae

Austromyrtus tenuifolia naturally grows in wet sclerophyll forests, often beside streams or in damp places in the Sydney Basin. 

My Austromyrtus tenuifolia plant, is now many years old and is growing in my northern suburbs Sydney’s garden, on a thinnish layer of soil over a clay base in a position that is often quite dry compared to its natural habitat. While it is hardy in this position, it flowers much, much better if it receives supplementary watering or plenty of rain in the months leading up to its flowering.

Austromyrtus tenuifolia grows 1–2 metres high and about 1.5 metres wide.

It has opposite, narrow leaves 2 to 4 cm long and 1-3 mm wide. The white, 5-petalled flowers are grouped together on short stalks in leaf axils. Flowering is in late spring through to summer. The fruit is edible and makes and interesting jam (if you can collect enough of them — hint the fruit is very similar in taste to Austromyrtus dulcis, the midyim.)

In the garden

A showy and local Sydney plant that is worth a place in your garden.


Other information

Derivation of Name: Austromyrtus means southern myrtle and tenuifolia means thin leaved.

By Jeff Howes